Stoke City v Southampton – 101 Great Goals prediction: Stoke City 2-2 Southampton
Both sides enter Saturday’s 3pm kick-off, off the back of defeats.
Stoke City were convincingly dispatched by a rampant Chelsea side, as a first Premier League hat-trick from Alvaro Morata secured the Blues all three points.
Meanwhile, the Saints also encountered a tricky fixture, facing a United side who have started the season flying.
Poor form in front of goal from Southampton denied them at least a point, with just a single Romelu Lukaku goal proving the difference.
Stoke v Southampton betting tips
Stoke are slight favourites to win this match, rated at 15/8 by Bet365.
Draw at half-time and Southampton to win is 5/1.
Peter Crouch to score the last goal at 13/2 is an attractive offer.
Stoke City injury crisis
Mark Hughes enters Saturday’s fixture with a real selection crisis on his hands.
The Welsh manager could potentially be without seven first-team players.
Defenders Geoff Cameron, Kevin Wimmer, Bruno Martins Indi and Ryan Shawcross are all either doubtful or injured.
With Stoke desperate for points, currently sat 16th just one point ahead of 18th, losing four key defenders has come at a very tricky time.
Stoke will most certainly be welcoming the return of Kurt Zouma, who will be a key figure in a probable makeshift back-line.
Read more about Stoke City’s injury crisis here
Southampton have been woeful in front of goal this season – managing just four.
The Saints managed 14 shots, more than United, but were unable to find the back of the net.
Failure to score against Manchester United cost them big time, as despite performing better they left empty-handed.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s words following Saturday’s defeat reflected just that:
“You have to score goals.
We did well, we played a good game and it is difficult to control this team, but we have to learn and be more aggressive.
We gave everything but one action changed the game.
It is the most difficult thing in modern football to score.”
The key for Pellegrino’s side will be to now find a source of goals.
Stoke City team news v Southampton
Ryan Shawcross and Kevin Wimmer are both doubtful.
Meanwhile, Bruno Martins Indi and Geoff Cameron are very unlikely to feature.
Stoke are unlikely to have Julien Ngoy for selection.
Southampton team news v Stoke City
Only Mark Targett is unavailable for Southmapton with an ankle injury.